This Curried Chicken Salad is loaded with shredded cooked chicken, juicy red grapes, crisp celery, green onions, cashews and cilantro, tossed in a bright yellow curry yogurt dressing. Yields 6 servings.

Curried Chicken Salad with Grapes and Cashews

This was my lunch for the week and I’m not mad about it.

You remember that beautiful chicken I roasted a week or so ago? Well after it cooled, I quickly picked and picked every bit of meat off of the bones and shredded it into bite-size pieces. Yes, I roasted a chicken for the sake of this gorgeous vibrant salad. Worth it.

Curried chicken salad is also loaded with fresh grapes, buttery cashews, crisp fresh celery, green onions and cilantro. However the real gem is the bright, golden curry dressing. Because I wanted to make this dressing a smidgen healthier, I swapped out some of the mayonnaise for Greek yogurt. Then I spiced things up with ground curry, turmeric and ginger. You won’t even notice the difference.

Curried Chicken Salad with Grapes and Cashews

A little sweetness from honey, tang from lime juice and a little heat from aleppo pepper sends it over the top.

ingredients for Curried Chicken Salad with Grapes and Cashews

To make the Curried Yogurt Dressing You Will Need:

  • plain non-fat greek yogurtAdds creaminess without fat.
  • mayonnaiseAdds flavor and creaminess. Use any mayo you choose.
  • honeyAdds a touch of sweetness.
  • lime juiceLends acidity and flavor.
  • curry powderI use a mild curry powder which usually consists of turmeric, cumin and black pepper (to name a few).
  • turmeric (ground) – Lends an earthy and slightly musky flavor, and bright yellow color.
  • ginger (ground) – Gives a pungent, spicy and sweet flavor.
  • kosher saltEnhances the flavors in this dressing.
  • freshly ground black pepperLends delicious flavor and bite.
  • aleppo pepperAdds delicious flavor with moderate heat.

What is Aleppo Pepper? Aleppo Pepper is a pepper that is dried and commonly used in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. It has a moderate heat level, similar to ancho chile but with a fruity raisin-like flavor (thanks wiki!). I purchase my Aleppo Pepper from Penzeys and use it in quite a few recipes and sprinkled over popcorn.

whisk the dressing

First, in a medium-size mixing bowl, measure and add in 1/2 cup non-fat unsweetened Greek yogurt, 1/3 cup mayonnaise, 2 teaspoons honey, the juice from 1/2 to 1 lime – depending on the size of your lime, 4 teaspoons curry powder, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon aleppo pepper.

curried yogurt chicken salad dressing

Whisk or stir well to combine.

Because of the turmeric, I highly recommend that you use a spatula or stainless whisk that is a dark color, otherwise it could stain. I learned this the hard way. RIP white spatula.

Next all that’s left to do is assemble the chicken salad.

build the Curried Chicken Salad

To Build this salad You Will Need:

  • leftover chicken (cooked and shredded)- Either roasted or rotisserie.
  • red grapesAdds a pop of color, sweetness and flavor.
  • celeryAdds crisp fresh flavor and texture to the salad.
  • unsalted roasted cashewsAdds a toasty nutty flavor and texture.
  • green onionsLends a fresh, crisp and delicate onion flavor.
  • cilantroAdds a distinct fresh, citrusy (and to some a soapy) flavor.
  • curry yogurt dressingBinds this salad together adding flavor, creaminess and color.

Add chicken, grapes, celery, green onion, cilantro and cashews to a bowl

In a large mixing bowl add 4 cups leftover [cooked and shredded] chicken or about 1 rotisserie, 1 cup of halved red grapes, 1/2 cup sliced celery, 1/3 cup unsalted roasted cashews, 1/4 cup sliced or 4 green onions, 1/4 cup cilantro and the curry yogurt dressing.

toss to combine

Toss to combine.

add curried yogurt dressing

Next pour in all of the golden curry dressing.

toss well to coat

Lastly, gently toss to combine. Then cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap or a lid and refrigerated for an hour or 2 before serving. This will give the flavors a chance to develop.

serve on a bed of lettuce, in a lettuce or more traditional wrap.

How to Serve This Curried Chicken Salad?

To serve, tuck a few generous spoonfuls of the curried chicken salad into crisp lettuce leaves or serve on a bed of salad greens. However a lavash or a low-carb wrap is a delicious too, if I make them this way I always add shredded lettuce to the wrap. With that said, you could eat it straight from a bowl with crackers. Because why not?

I also like to top the salad with crispy chickpeas for crunchy texture, extra fiber and protein. Make the crispy chickpeas in air-fryer (<–easiest!) or roast in the oven!

It’s a flavorful, healthy and gorgeous salad with delicious crunch and texture. Incase your were wondering, the grapes, cashews and dressing are pretty much my favorite parts. And of course the whole crisp lettuce wrap thing. Because, as you know, I love me some lettuce wraps.

Curried Chicken Salad with Grapes and Cashews

Enjoy! And if you give this Curried Chicken Salad recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

Curried Chicken Salad with Grapes and Cashews

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Yield: 6 servings

Curried Chicken Salad with Grapes and Cashews

This Curried Chicken Salad is loaded with shredded cooked chicken, juicy red grapes, crisp celery, green onions, cashews and cilantro, tossed in a bright yellow curry yogurt dressing. 

Ingredients

FOR THE DRESSING:

  • 1/2 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 small lime, juiced
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 4 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon aleppo pepper, may sub with red pepper flakes, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

FOR THE SALAD:

  • 4 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup halved red seedless grapes
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped unsalted roasted cashews, lightly salted is fine
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • lettuce leaves, for serving

Instructions 

  • In the bowl of a mini food processor add mayonnaise, yogurt, lime juice, honey, curry, turmeric, aleppo pepper, salt and pepper. Process until smooth scraping down the sides half way through until honey is mixed throughout.
  • In a large bowl combine the chicken, grapes, cashews, celery, onions and cilantro and all of the dressing. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if desired.
  • Spoon about 1/2 cup into lettuce leaves and sprinkle with more cilantro and aleppo pepper.
Serving: 1cup, Calories: 339kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 76mg, Sodium: 375mg, Potassium: 513mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 3824IU, Vitamin C: 15mg, Calcium: 75mg, Iron: 3mg